Democracy & Peace

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    Special Representative of the Secretary-General Mohammed Ibn Chambas, who is also the head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, delivered his briefing on the security situation in the Sahel and West Africa on 11 January to the UN Security Council. “The security situation remains a grave concern,” he said. Read on
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    George Manneh Weah won Liberia’s presidential election on 26 December 2017 with 61.5% of the vote beating his rival, the outgoing Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who gained 38.5% of the vote. Turnout for the run-off election was much lower than the first round, held on 10 October, 55.8% compared to 74.5%. Some 1.2 million Liberians cast their ballots in 5 390 polling places across the country’s 15 counties. Read on
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    Following the first female president of Africa, Liberia will now have the first president who has been an international football star. George Weah won the country’s presidential election run-off on 26 December 2017 with 61.5% of the vote beating his rival, the outgoing Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who got 38.5% of the vote. Read on
  • 52nd ECOWAS Summit

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    The 52nd ECOWAS Conference of Heads of State and government was held on 16 December in Abuja, Nigeria. This annual meeting was an opportunity for regional leaders to take stock of the West African regional integration process and to call for its acceleration by implementing regional infrastructure projects and improving the business environment in a co-ordinated way. Read on
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    ECOWAS Commission President Alain Marcel de Souza met with the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, in New York on 26 September. Their meeting focused on the security situation in West Africa, notably the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, on-going tensions in Togo and the unstable situation in northern Mali. Read on
  • Nigeria @57

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    On 1 October, Nigeria celebrated its 57th Independence Day. On this occasion, President Buhari, present after his long absence this summer because of poor health, paid tribute to the country’s military in Maiduguri and commended the military’s efforts fighting Boko Haram in the country’s northeast. In his 2017 State of the Nation Address, Buhari evaluated the government’s actions over the past two years. Nigeria’s three top priorities remain security, economic recovery and the fight against corruption. Read on
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    The fourth high-level meeting on “Peaceful transhumance and livestock mobility in the Sahel and West African coastal countries” was held by ECOWAS from 27-29 September 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Livestock ministers from across the region endorsed the funding modalities to establish the Regional Investment Programme for Livestock Development in Coastal Countries (PRIDEC), targeting the livestock sector of five coastal countries (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo). PRIDEC is designed to complement the Regional Support Project for Pastoralism in the Sahel (PRAPS). Read on
  • Showdown in Togo

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    On 6 September, three weeks after the demonstrations in Lomé and Sokodé that killed at least two people, tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of ten cities in Togo at the opposition’s request. Their demands: political change and the implementation of the constitutional reforms promised by the regime that would limit the number of terms the president can serve and introduce a two-round voting system. Read on
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    7 June marked African Border Day. This celebration promotes the African Union Border Program (AUBP), created in January 2007 by the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It aims to prevent structural conflicts by promoting regional and continental integration. This year’s theme was dedicated to “the role of the youth in conflict prevention and cross-border co-operation”. Read on
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    Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Angel Losada, EU Special Representative for the Sahel, and the G5 Sahel Foreign Ministers (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) met on 5 June in Bamako, Mali, to discuss their strategic partnership. They want to move the establishment of the joint armed force forward to fight against terrorism and to secure, among other things, the border area between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Read on

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